The New York Mets opened the series against the Atlanta Braves with a 7-1 win thanks to the left arm of Jonathan Niese and a big 4th inning against Braves starter Trevor Cahill. The winning streak now stands at 9 (first time since 2008) and the Mets move to 11-3 (first time since 1986) on the season. They are yet to lose at home in 2015.
Niese had an impressive outing, going 6.2 innings for his 2nd win of the season while scattering 4 hits and only 1 run, a solo homer to Maybin (again). His season ERA now sits at 1.50 and I don’t think anyone could have guessed that is where his ERA would be after 3 starts. The dominant starting pitching on this staff seems to be contagious and hopefully it rubs off on Dillon Gee tomorrow night.
Kevin Plawecki welcomed himself to the big club by hitting the ball hard and collecting 2 singles. If you didn’t know, it was not evident that he was playing in his first major league game. He looked solid behind the plate and solid with the bat. If he looks like this on a nightly basis, the team will sustain just fine in d’Arnaud’s absence.
Curtis Granderson has finally found some luck. Despite all the solid ropes and line drives being caught in the first two weeks of the season, he broke through tonight with 4 RBI’s and his first extra base hit of the season. It seemed like he wasn’t that far off from breaking through and soon enough the power is sure to follow. Even if he doesn’t get back to his 30-40 homerun days, 20-25 with his good eye in drawing walks will be more than enough for this offense.